October 5, 2001

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
DOL/OSHA, Room #S-2315
Attn: The Honorable John L. Henshaw
Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20210

OSHA EYE AND FACE PROTECTION - TECHNICAL LINK

Dear Assistant Secretary Henshaw:

As President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for 2001-2002, let me assure you that ASSE appreciates the consideration and attention you have given to our views on safety and regulatory issues. Through additional synergy between OSHA and ASSE, the safety and health of workers can be significantly improved.

There is a strong need for OSHA to interact with a wider range of stakeholders to support safety and health programs based on good science, sound technology, and recognized professional practices. We applaud OSHA's initiative in developing a technical link on your website addressing eye and face protection. Such increasing and diversifying levels of service for a wider range of stakeholders will go a long way in showing the American public that the Agency is committed to enhancing occupational safety and health overall. It is this type of initiative that enhances occupational safety and health professional practices, and will be of significant assistance in fostering international commerce. For instance, ASSE receives hundreds of calls each year requesting the type of eye and face protection information now being posted. This is an excellent example of OSHA launching a program that will have long-term benefits for a wide range of stakeholders.

However, we did have one request of OSHA in regard to the website. When a visitor to the website punches up the contact information for the Z87.1 American National Standard, it provides a direct link to ANSI. We cordially request that this link be changed to ASSE (http://www.asse.org/tstan.htm), or at least include ASSE, since the Society is the secretariat of the Z87 Committee, holds the copyright to the Z87.1 Standard, and it can be ordered directly though our Customer Service Department at 847/699-2929. Finally, the standard was reaffirmed in 1998 so the correct citation would be Z87.1-1989 (R-1998).

ASSE commends OSHA for this initiative as it represents sound public policy. We support such activities with the hope it will lead to a more effective and efficient agency, and to whom we pledge our support. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society.

Sincerely Yours,

M.E. Eddie Greer, CSP
ASSE President, 2001-2002

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